Foster Sawyer at the Texas State 7-on-7 in 2012 - Wescott Eberts (SB Nation)
6'5 pocket passer Foster Sawyer went undefeated his junior year of high school. What's next for the Fort Worth native?
As a junior in high school, Foster Sawyer has already shown his ability to lead his team to championships as a quarterback.
Sawyer's All Saints Episcopal School (Texas) in Fort Worth went undefeated and won a Texas state championship -- albeit in a small schools division -- with Sawyer whipping passes from the pocket.
Sawyer threw for 454 yards and six touchdowns in the team's championship victory, and even caught a touchdown on a trick play. He has the size and skill set you'd expect from a pro-style passer, standing at 6'5 and 210 pounds. SB Nation's Wescott Eberts was impressed with Sawyer's accuracy when he watched him play at a 7-on-7 tournament in July 2012, projecting the consensus three-star as the top pro-style passer in Texas.
Sawyer is considered the No. 24 pro-style passer in the country by 247, and is ranked the No. 79 player in Texas by Rivals. He has offers from Alabama, Oklahoma State, TCU, Missouri, Arizona State, UCLA and Houston.
SB Nation recruiting analyst Wescott Eberts:
A prototypical pocket passer with ideal size at 6'5, Sawyer will not be beating opponents with his feet in college, but he does have above-average arm strength to stand tall and deliver the ball downfield with strong velocity. As Sawyer continues to increase his strength, his ability to reach all parts of the field should only improve. To that end, the All Saints product has given up playing baseball to focus his attention more completely on his collegiate sport.
Where Sawyer did seem to struggle at times was stretching the limits of his arm strength on throws well downfield. At times he seemed to push the ball, not relying on his mechanics, and it caused the ball to flutter at times last summer at Texas State 7-on-7. Again, as he gains more confidence in his arm strength, his ability to spin the football consistently may improve.
Besides Sawyer's lack of projectable mobility, one of the main concerns facing him as a prospect is the fact that All Saints has a number of high-level prospects on their team, including at least three high-level BCS prospects last season, giving them a monumental talent advantage over many of their opponents -- it could take some time for Sawyer to adjust to the speed of the game in college, with faster defensive backs, smaller throwing windows, and less time in the pocket to survey the field.
Since it seems like Sawyer works exclusively out of the shotgun in high school, he will also have to work on taking his drops from under center if he ends up in a pro-style offense in college.
A sample from Sawyer's Twitter:
I hate the term twerk.— Foster Sawyer (@foster_sawyer) February 14, 2013